An isolation booth used by special-education students at a Longview school has been removed, school district officials confirmed Tuesday.
The free-standing, padded room became a source of controversy with some parents after photos of it were posted online.
The principal at Mint Valley Elementary School then sent a letter home to parents explaining that the room is used for aversion therapy for special-education students. The district said some of the students choose to go in the booth for a self-timeout or quiet time.
But now a representative from the school said the district is exploring the construction of a new calming room that will meet students' needs.
In the meantime, some rolling wooden partitions are being used to confine the current isolation area. A bean bag chair has also been put in place for students to use if they wish.
"Given the attention this issue created in social media, the district wants the community to be confident that the investigation into access to the isolation booth is fair, impartial, and complete," said School District Representative Sandy Catt, in a statement.
The district is now asking an outside investigator to continue to gather information about the isolation area.
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